Valero Meraux Refinery Gives $200,000 to Local Children's Charities

MERAUX, October 29, 2013– Local children’s charities received a total of $200,000 on October 29 from employees and business partners of the Valero Meraux Refinery, who helped raise the funds through sponsorship of the 2013 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

“It gives us great joy to be able to support the children of Southeast Louisiana once again,” said Lauren Bird, Vice President and General Manager of Valero Meraux Refinery. “These are gifts meant to inspire our community agencies to continue their good work, and improve the lives of the children they serve.”

Family Service looks back on Gala's 40-year history

Over the past 40 years, the Ten Most Outstanding Persons Award has tapped New Orleans’ most powerful, prominent and philanthropic citizens for recognition at an annual gala dinner and ceremony. The prestigious award, presented by Family Service of Greater New Orleans, is second only to the Loving Cup in its ability to stir excitement among New Orleanians who come from every profession – industry, banking, law, real estate development, higher education, medicine, media, sports and government. Archbishop Phillip M. Hannan was a 1978 honoree and Saints player Archie Manning in 1998.

Those selected to receive the award combine qualities of professional leadership, civic responsibility and generosity of spirit. In 2013, the Ten Most Outstanding Persons who will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 23 at the Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park are Bob Becker, Scott Cowen, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Ti Martin, Sonia Perez, Anthony Recasner, Dottie Reese, Carroll W. Suggs, Tommie Vassel and Guy Williams. See their biographies at:

Metal Jewelry Artist Thomas Mann Creates Designs For Family Service Honorees

Key and DoorFor 40 years, Family Service of Greater New Orleans has held an annual "Ten Outstanding Persons Gala" to honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to volunteerism, civic leadership and philanthropy in our community.

These honors have come to be called the "Open Door" Awards. By unlocking a door to their hearts, these generous individuals have opened new opportunities to others.

To create tangible symbols of the key and the door, Gala co-chairman and board member, Michael Liebaert asked Kirk Stirton, a member of the Arts Council of New Orleans for guidance. Stirton suggested New Orleans metal-smith, Thomas Mann, who is known for similar design imagery to create an exclusive, limited edition pin.

Hickory Dickory Rock Serves The Community Through Amusement Rides and Counseling Support

NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 25, 2013)

Hickory Dickory Rock, Family Service of Greater New Orleans' third annual fundraising event, will give thousands of New Orleans children an opportunity to enjoy an evening of unbridled family fun, 6:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6, in New Orleans City Park's Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Attendees can board an unlimited number of rides in the safe environment of the amusement park for a substantially reduced $10 per person admission price.
Tickets can be purchased online at or at the gate of the Carousel Gardens.

In addition to rides, including the Musik Express, Rockin' Tug, Coney Tower, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Monkey Jump, Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, Ship Maze and miniature train, special activities will be provided for the youngest attendees.

Rite Aid Foundation Awards Grant To Family Service Funding Parenting Skills Training

CAMP HILL, Pa. (August, 2012)

The Rite Aid Foundation today announced its award of a $5,000 grant to Family Service of Greater New Orleans. A non-profit organization dedicated to providing counselling and community education to families in need, the organization will use the grant to fund parenting skills development and counseling to families at high-risk for abusive situations. A special focus will be placed on encouraging male fathers to be more responsible parents and more actively involved with their children.

“We believe that preventing family crisis is one of the wisest investments a community could make,” said Gayle Rife, Manager of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation knows the importance of a strong family and we are proud to support Family Service because their work lays the foundation for healthy and happy families and communities.”